Erin Brockovich

  • 15
  • Steven Soderbergh (2000)
  • US
  • 125 min
Erin Brockovich
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

This has little of the flair we've come to expect from Steven Soderbergh, the Oscar-winning director of Traffic, and it does resemble a standard "issue of the week" TV movie. Yet this drama's ace in the hole is Soderbergh's fellow Oscar winner (for best actress) Julia Roberts, who earns every cent of her $20-million salary in a sensationally showy role as the spirited heroine. A twice-divorced mother of three, Brockovich lands a job in the office of a small-time lawyer (Albert Finney), and there she stumbles across some misplaced medical records while filing real estate documents. Intrigued, she investigates, eventually uncovering evidence that a power company has wrecked the health of a local community with contaminated water. Based on a true story, Soderbergh's emotionally rich drama is compulsive viewing, thanks not only to Roberts's throat-grabbing performance, but also to Finney's lovable turn as the minor-league attorney who's well out of his depth and a perfectly pitched script by Susannah Grant. While the film is too long, it remains compelling throughout.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning biographical drama starring Julia Roberts. When she loses a lawsuit following a car accident, unemployed single mother Erin Brockovich browbeats her lawyer, Ed Masry, into giving her a job. Soon she discovers that a power company has been dumping toxic waste and poisoning the residents of a small town. Masry's firm takes up the case - making Brockovich the unlikely linchpin in one of corporate America's biggest ever lawsuits.

Cast and crew


Erin Brockovich
Julia Roberts
Ed Masry
Albert Finney
Aaron Eckhart
Donna Jensen
Marg Helgenberger
Pamela Duncan
Cherry Jones
Kurt Potter
Peter Coyote
Scotty Leavenworth
Gemmenne De La Peña
Erin Brockovich-Ellis


Steven Soderbergh

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 7 Apr 2000
Certificate 15